American Victorian Coastal Architecture

August 20 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Screen Shot 2016-09-10 at 5.40.35 PMEd recaps his recent trip to the New Jersey shore with a review of 19th-century American Victorian coastal architecture. Its evolution from European styles and its adaptation to the varied geography of inland forests, coastal salt marshes and barrier islands will be highlighted. We’ll see how the expansion of railroads and the exploitation of local resources provided the catalyst for the explosion in settlement and tourism by 1900.

Aaron Wile

August 6 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Screen Shot 2016-09-10 at 5.37.49 PMAaron Wile, curator of a new exhibition at the Frick Collection, “Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France,” will describe this brief but highly influential period in the development of Jean-Antoine Watteau’s style. The acknowledged ‘Father of the Rococo,’ Watteau will be seen drawing inspiration from Renaissance and Dutch artists of the 1600s. Visiting New York City this summer or fall?

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Sam Cutler

July 23 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 1.20.58 PMJoin Ed as he welcomes back legendary rock ‘n’ roll band manager, Sam Cutler. In 1969 Sam was asked by The Rolling Stones to manage their American tour, which
began in early November and ended in fiasco on December 6 at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival. Sam will highlight that fateful concert and what he did to salvage the situation, as well as his acclaimed association with The Grateful Dead as their manager in the 1970s. Don’t miss the cogent but often humorous insights of this music historian and inimitable rock insider.

More at: and Sam Cutler’s memoir, You Can’t Always Get What You Want: My Life with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and other wonderful Reprobates.

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Jennifer Friess

July 16 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Screen Shot 2016-07-16 at 12.22.40 PMJennifer Friess, photography curator with the University of Michigan Museum of Art, will be our on-air guide to the stunning exhibition: “Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road.” In early 2011, Miss Opie was granted the opportunity to photograph the interior of Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel-Aire house. What she captured, prior to and after the iconic actress-philanthropist’s death that March, amounts to a sensitive and revealing still life of the woman known to the world as ‘Liz’.

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Peter J. Holliday

July 9 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 1.14.59 PMOur special guest is author Peter J. Holliday, Professor of the History of Art and Classical Archaeology, California State University, Long Branch. Dr. Holliday’s new book, American Arcadia: California and the Classical Tradition (Oxford University Press), is a tour de force promenade of Greco-Roman styled archaeology – both private and public – that found a ready home in The Golden State.

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Janice L. Blixt

July 2 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 1.02.32 PMEd welcomes back actress Janice L. Blixt, who is the Producing Artistic Director of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. The 2016 summer season features performances of Richard II, As You Like It, as well as playwright Karen Tarjan’s adaptation of Michael Shaara’s epic novel, The Killer Angels.

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Newport Preservation Society

June 25 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

renoir2Join Ed as he describes examples of the kind of fine and decorative art collected in America during The Gilded Age. While many of the artists are largely forgotten today, early purchases of others, such as the French Barbizon and Impressionist painters, enabled many superb works to enter our private and public collections.



June 25 • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Ed welcomes back Trudy Coxe, distinguished CEO and Executive Director of The Preservation Society of Newport County. Trudy has joined us nearly every year since the broadcast began. She will describe the exciting 2016 summer season, share stories about Newport’s rise as the country’s premier social center, and explain how the Society maintains its 11 magnificent Colonial and Gilded Age mansions.



Francis Wahgren

June 11 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

alice in wonderland 1st editionTo commemorate the milestone auction of a first-issue (1865) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on June 16, one of only two in private hands with the original binding, Ed will welcome Francis Wahgren, Christie’s rare book specialist, who will highlight the importance of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece.

June 11 • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Ed will expand on the prior interview by describing the burgeoning children’s book market in Victorian Britain and America, as well as the iconic artists and authors who ushered in the “Golden Age” of illustration.

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Ron Kagan

June 4 • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 7.49.55 PMOur guest will be Ron Kagan, the internationally esteemed Executive Director and C.E.O. of the Detroit Zoological Society, which runs the famed Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Conservancy. Ron will speak to the history of the Detroit Zoo and describe its evolution into one of the world’s premier centers for the study of nature, its creatures, and environmental sustainability. As a prime venue in our annual Summer Cultural Destination Series, a visit to the Detroit Zoo will be an unforgettable experience.

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June 4 • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Ed will bring us up-to-date with cultural events in our area, including museum exhibitions, and introduce topics for some upcoming shows.

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May 28 • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on WAAM • Ann Arbor

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 9.07.39 AMOur guest is the distinguished author John Allan Savolaine, whose book detailing the infamous shark attacks along the New Jersey shore in the summer of 1916 has just been released. Titled Stanley Fisher: Shark Attack Hero of a Bygone Age, Mr. Savolaine describes the personal bravery of one man, Stanley Fisher, supported by the townspeople of Matawan, who attempted to rescue young victims of the attacks that would later influence Peter Benchley. Join us as a Victorian shore community comes face-to-face with a strange terror during a time of world war.

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